Gutu West Member of Parliament, Noel Mandebvu, said:
The gold has always been in Gutu, but was abandoned after foreign miners claimed the mineral had been exhausted. But, I understand some miners bought claims there, said Mandebvu.
The minister of Mines and Mining Development, Obert Mpofu, said his ministry would send experts to investigate the availability of the mineral so that if there was need for large-scale mining the government would put the area under protection.
GUTU School children have been absconding from school to pan for gold. We are very worried that our children are abandoning school for gold panning, said a villager, Joyleene Musasa. She expressed concern over reports of violence in the area and said that gold panning was harming the community as well as the environment. She urged the authorities to l